Food Contact Materials Testing
- Why Work With NSF?
- Certification Process
For products sold in the U.S. and European Union, all food contact materials must comply with applicable regulations including FDA 21 CFR and the EU Framework Regulation No. 1935/2004. NSF has the technical expertise and laboratory capabilities to provide comprehensive services to ensure product compliance and speed to market.
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Food contact material compliance is required in many countries to ensure there is no transfer of constituents to food in quantities that could endanger human health or bring about an unacceptable change or deterioration in food composition. In the U.S., materials are often required to comply with 21 CFR. Similarly, all food contact materials (FCMs) manufactured or sold in the European Union must comply with EU Framework Regulation No. 1935/2004.
NSF provides a full range of services to help you comply with the requirements necessary to sell your food industry product. We can help you determine the appropriate steps to secure regulatory approval, while assisting with the submission of the necessary paperwork to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other regulatory agencies.
Specific services include:
21 CFR Material Formulation Review
Our team of toxicologists reviews material formulations to determine whether the ingredients are FDA compliant to 21 CFR regulations for the intended end use of the material.
21 CFR Migration and Exposure Testing
Scientists in our 165,000-square-foot laboratory conduct the appropriate analyses for food contact materials to determine potential leaching at varying conditions of exposure.
EU Directive Compliance
Our toxicologists provide assistance in obtaining compliance to the Framework Regulation (EC) 1935/2004 and/or Directive 2007/72/EC.
Food Contact Notifications (FCNs)
Our staff helps compile and submit food contact notifications as a requirement of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) for indirect food additive and secondary additive substances that are not generally recognized as safe (GRAS) or not previously authorized by the FDA for the intended end use.
NSF’s experienced toxicologists conduct safety and risk assessments on various substances.We review and evaluate comprehensive scientific literature, identify and resolve any data gaps and apply various toxicology and exposure modeling tools to support risk-management decisions.
To learn more about NSF’s highly competent material compliance services, call 1.877.893.1325 or email email@example.com.
Why Work With NSF?At NSF, we have the expertise to assist your company with a variety of regulatory support services. Our international network of quality and regulatory professionals can help your company meet domestic and international requirements, providing technical guidance to increase your product’s speed to market. Our scientists and regulatory specialists have the knowledge and experience to provide guidance on the regulatory framework for various manufacturers in the food ingredient and food-contact material industries.
NSF’s process for performing food contact materials verification involves five simple steps:
- Review of the product against the appropriate regulatory directive(s) to determine unique materials
- Unique materials migration modeling
- Determination of necessary testing
- Extraction and/or specific chemical testing
- Generation of a letter of conformity
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How can I verify that a product is NSF certified?
NSF certified product listings are free to access on our public listings website. Listings are updated daily.
Once my product is certified, can I use the NSF mark in reference to that product on my marketing materials and brochure?
Absolutely! While marking is typically required to be placed on the product itself, you may use the NSF mark in your product marketing including brochures, websites, trade show promotions and sell sheets.
Why should I choose NSF to certify my foodservice equipment products?
Only NSF offers the full package – assured acceptance, dedicated customer service with a single point of contact and technical expertise from an organization with nearly 70 years of experience working in foodservice equipment.
Does my product have to be NSF certified?
NSF does not regulate or require that your product be certified. However, U.S. health departments, end users and buyers often specify NSF certification to ensure that products have been evaluated and tested, and comply with public health standards.
What is NSF food equipment certification?
NSF certification is an ANSI-accredited product-level certification that addresses the acceptable sanitation requirements for equipment and materials intended for commercial foodservice.